Presence of EV-D68 Confirmed in Maryland

Baltimore, MD (September 24, 2014) -- Today the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Maryland. The virus, which has been associated with respiratory infections in children across the country, was identified in a specimen collected from a hospitalized child in suburban Maryland and was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.*
 
“Now that this virus is known to be in Maryland, it is important that we all take reasonable steps to limit its spread and control its impact,” said DHMH Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein.   
 
DHMH is recommending that families:
 
●        Practice preventive steps, as with other ailments, by regularly washing hands with soap and water.
 
●        Provide special attention to children with asthma.
 
●        Be alert to wheezing and other respiratory ailments in children.
 
●        Keep sick children at home.
 
●        Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
 
●        Cough and sneeze into sleeve or a tissue.
 
●        Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups, eating utensils, etc. with people who are sick.
 
●        Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
 
●        Stay up-to-date on vaccinations, especially influenza vaccine, to reduce respiratory illness.
 
 
DHMH has been working with healthcare facilities to prepare for the expected arrival of enterovirus D68. Because there is no EV-D68-specific treatment, identifying EV-D68 doesn’t change the treatment of the patient: If a patient is wheezing, the wheezing symptoms can be treated; if a patient is having difficulty breathing, respiratory support and oxygen can be given.
 
Healthcare providers, as recommended by the CDC should:
 
●        Consider EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness, even if the patient does not have fever.
 
●        Consider laboratory testing of respiratory specimens for enteroviruses when the cause of respiratory illness in severely ill patients is unclear.
 
 
DHMH also will continue to work with school officials and other institutions that monitor student health and activity, for updates on absenteeism and other indicators of respiratory illness activity. The department will continue to conduct surveillance on the spread and impact of this virus.
 
Enterovirus is one of many viruses that can cause respiratory illness, and there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses that affect humans, causing between 10 million and 15 million illnesses per year. Most people with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. EV-D68 infections are believed to occur less often than other enterovirus infections. The CDC is providing updates on nationwide D68 infections at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html.
 
*This case is not yet reflected on the CDC site at the time of this announcement.
 
###
 
 
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

 

Snow Hill, MD–The Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council is seeking nominations of individual adults, youth, or groups who have made outstanding contributions to drug and alcohol prevention or treatment. The awardees will be honored by Worcester County residents, elected officials, and council members at the 27th Annual Drug and Alcohol Awards Reception and celebrating the 35th year of the Council’s existence. This will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at the Worcester Career and Technology High School.

Read more ...

 

Fatalities related to intoxication down in Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico in 2017

Snow Hill, MD- Deaths related to drug and alcohol intoxication, including opioid overdoses, are down in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties, according to 3rd Quarter 2017 Overdose Data released by the Maryland Department of Health last week. From January through September 2016, compared to the same period in 2017, intoxication fatalities are down 20-percent in Somerset County, 42-percent in Worcester County, and 32-percent in Wicomico County. The drop-off in the Tri-County region comes at a time when overall drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland are on the rise.

Read more ...

Public Education to Combat Statewide Opioid Epidemic

 Baltimore, MD (January 26, 2018) — The Maryland Department of Health today announced two multi-media advertising campaigns to help raise awareness and combat the state’s opioid epidemic.

Read more ...

Proposed legislation, increased bed capacity, more positions will mitigate decade-long issue and improve care


Baltimore, MD (January 23, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Health today announced proposed departmental legislation, as well as administrative actions, to address longstanding systemic issues involving court-ordered placements for individuals requiring mental health treatment. The Department has worked diligently to reverse a nearly decade-long problem of backlogs for justice system-involved individuals who require court-ordered placement for mental illness treatment at its hospitals.

Read more ...

Directs Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers; Announces Plans to Convert Former City Jail into a Secure Treatment Facility, Enhance Data Sharing Among First Responders, Strengthen Volume Dealer Law to Include Fentanyl

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today unveiled a series of executive actions and proposed legislation to continue the administration’s aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid crisis. The governor also authorized the Attorney General to file suit against select opioid manufacturers and distributors on the grounds that they have misled the public and helped to create the addiction crisis gripping Maryland and the nation.

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program